Local Community & Sustainable Tourism
Macaronis Resort is dedicated to the enhancement and support of the local communities and environment. One of the major issues facing Indonesia is poverty, which is spread across its many islands. The existence of remote island resorts, like Macaronis, are able to offer these communities an enormous amount of support.
The nearest village, Silabu Village, is a Christian Protestant community with approximately 400 indigenous inhabitants located approximately 20km from Sikakap, only connected by walking track that can also be crossed on a motor bike taking about 1.5 hours. The village is mainly traditional due to its remote location. The only reason the villagers have had any contact with the outside world is through Christian missionaries that converted them to Christianity in the early 1900′s, and more recently due to the Mentawai waves and their popularity among visiting surfers.
Local Village Support
In 2004, as a starting initiative, Macaronis Resort agreed to donate $1.50/guest/night toward Silabu Village Community projects, amounting to approximately $300 donation per week when the resort is fully booked.
Macaronis Resort has also contributed approximately $5,000 toward completion of Silabu Church in year 2004, $2,000 for purchase of a new generator for the village in year 2005, and a further $4,000 was used to provide electricity to each village home in 2006 (providing lighting and a power point to each family home). In addition, Macaronis Resort funded survey and partial construction of a road from the local village to the resort.
These are just some of the projects we have undertaken in our infancy years to assist the local community, apart from regular assistance put toward Christian and Youth groups, and providing regular donations to the local school. Apart from the financial support, it has been primarily the resort development and day to day work opportunities, either at the resort or supplying it, that have given the most positive impact upon the local community.
In 2011, Macaronis Resort contributed a further $15,000 to Tumalea Village (Northern Village in Silabu nearby BatCave) from donations received after the October 2010 tsunami. Click Here to View Donation Breakdown, Project Photos & Details.
News & Updates
Silabu Village Primary School Toilets
In year 2012 Macaronis Resort launched a project to provide Silabu Village Primary School with a toilet block, also renovating the local medical center.
A huge THANK YOU to the W Y Hubert Foundation who donated USD $5000, Ted Scarrett who donated USD $500, Rip Curl donating Rp.30.000.000, and Surfing Doctors who donated a further Rp.30.000.000 to assist in this project and others coming to fruition.